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Pompeo's quixotic quest for a G-10 against China

The US Secretary of State's call for an alliance of democracies suffers from fundamental problems

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In his latest broadside against China, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for the creation of a "new alliance of democracies" to fight what he claimed are Beijing's malign activities around the world.

"Maybe it's time for a new grouping of like-minded nations, a new alliance of democracies," he said. "If the free world does not change, communist China will surely change us. We can't return to the past practices because they're comfortable or because they're convenient," he told an audience of senior diplomats and politicians just before the weekend.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2020, with the headline Pompeo's quixotic quest for a G-10 against China. Subscribe